Village Camps  France | Ardèche

An exhilarating programme in an idyllic setting.

Thrilling adventures from Village Camps’ own centre right on the banks of the Ardèche River in the sunny South of France.

Campers enjoy wonderful locations in each of the eight countries to which Village Camps now operates. But the most spectacular location of all is our riverside activity site on the banks of the dramatic Ardèche river in forests of the sundrenched South of France. Here on the edge of the Ardèche Gorge National Park our long-established Adventure programme has attracted youngsters from all over the world. They learn to safely abseil, rock-climb and enjoy the challenging, never-to-be-forgotten, thrilling 2-day descent of the Ardèche Gorge with an overnight bivouac under the stars at the half-way stage. Returning campers highlight fun walks, rambles and, using headlamps, the exciting guided exploration of ancient dark, mysterious caves.

The outdoor programme can be combined with an innovative, fun French language course.


Campers sleep in large all-weather tents with spring beds, mattresses, table, chairs and ground cover. This is comfortable roughing-it. Each camper is assigned to a tent according to age and gender and an experienced counsellor is responsible for taking special care of campers in each tent.A central building houses the classrooms and dining room as well as modern toilet and shower facilities.

The exciting Ardèche River borders our site with mountain bike trails, hiking trails and rock climbing right on our doorstep. Not far away, in Vallon, there are historic caves to be explored, cafes and a night market with traditional local shopping for off-campus visits as and when time permits on this busy camp programme.
Camp Organisation

A fully-supervised activity programme is organised for each age group. The varied schedule includes several periods where all campers have their choice from a selection of activities available.

Campers in both the French Language Camp and the River Experience Camp will receive comprehensive instruction in canoeing in preparation for the highlight of the camps – the two-day, 30 km descent of the Ardèche River in Canadian canoes including bivouacking for one night at a pre-arranged site under the stars. All campers will also enjoy an unforgettable canyoning experience under the close supervision of local guides.

Healthy, varied food in unlimited quantities is prepared by VILLAGE CAMPS’ chef, who also caters for most diets.
Evening Activities
Evenings are filled with exciting and imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities.These include:
Summer Camp Discos
Summer Camp Indoor Olympics
Summer Camp Team-building Challenges
Summer Camp Games geared to age levels
Summer Camp Village Outings
Summer Camp and much, much more…
Several excursions are planned with the actual number to take place depending upon the weather and camper preferences. Here are some of the popular choices, which usually have one or two further additions each year.Summer Camp Aqualand
Summer Camp Montélimar Nougat Factory
Summer Camp Medieval Chateau
Summer Camp Vallon Pont d’Arc on Market Day

Activities available to the programmes in France

Abseiling Arts and Crafts Banana Boat
Basketball Beach Volleyball Canoeing
Canyoning Caving Counsellor Hunt
Football Gorge Walk Kayaking
Mountain Biking Rock Climbing Ropes Course
Swimming Table Tennis Trekking

Sample Daily Schedule **

Monday to Friday

Mornings 07:30 – 08:00 Wake Up
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 Period A – Speciality Programmes
10:45 – 12:15 Period B – Speciality Programmes
Afternoons 12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 All camp meeting
14:00 – 15:30 Period C – Sign-up Activities
15:45 – 17:15 Period D – Sign-up Activities
17:15 – 18:15 Free time
Evenings 18:15 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 Evening Programme
22:00 Lights Out – Yellows (10-12 years old)
22:30 Lights Out – Reds (13-14 years old)
23:00 Lights Out – Blues (15 and older)
Saturday Excursion Day
Sunday Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
Notes: ** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change
As this programme has a maximum of only 45 campers, our courses fill up quickly, so early booking is advised.